Sucking the Quileute Dry

To millions of “Twilight” fans, the Quileute are Indians whose (fictional) ancient treaty transforms young males of the tribe into vampire-fighting wolves. To the nearly 700 remaining Quileute Indians, “Twilight” is the reason they are suddenly drawing extraordinary attention from the outside—while they themselves remain largely excluded from the vampire…

The Semicolon: The Most Feared Punctuation On Earth

Everything you always wanted to know, but were afraid to ask, explained simply, clearly, and precisely right here by The Oatmeal.

Virus Fossil Bed

Scientists spent thirteen years mapping and sequencing the human genome. The Human Genome Project, though completed in 2003, was only the barest beginning of what we have yet to learn about ourselves, our own DNA, where we’ve come from, and where we’ve yet to go. Hereditary predispositions to disease and…

Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse 5 POW

In December of 1944 Private Kurt Vonnegut was captured by Wehrmacht troops. A month later, Vonnegut and his fellow POWs were imprisoned in an underground slaughterhouse known by German soldiers as Schlachthof Fünf (Slaughterhouse Five), beneath Dresden. The following February Vonnegut survived the allied bombing of Dresden and wrote a…

Moff’s Law

Inevitably, in an online discussion (especially a discussion about -isms in art) involving more than three people, some ignoramus will say something very like: Jeez, it was just a movie. STFU and enjoy it, okay? How to respond the next time someone accuses you of overthinking a text or a…

Art in the Oddest Places

Cupcakes, by their very nature a fleeting and clearly-delineated moment of sweetness, capturing the essence of games. A mouthful of art: How many games do you recognize? How many have you played?

TSA Knocking on Doors to Seize Hardware

Wired has the story: Two bloggers received home visits from Transportation Security Administration agents Tuesday after they published a new TSA directive that revises screening procedures and puts new restrictions on passengers in the wake of a recent bombing attempt by the so-called underwear bomber. And the follow-up: In the…

Paul Krugman on the Economics of the Last Ten Years: A Whole Lot of Nothin’

What was truly impressive about the decade past, however, was our unwillingness, as a nation, to learn from our mistakes. You can read the rest of Paul Krugman’s “The Big Zero” in the New York Times here.

The Photographic Periodic Table of Elements

This is a gorgeous, fascinating, and very fun site. It’s from the Element Collection, which includes Theodore Gray who is also the creator behind the lovely Wood Periodic Table. Sites like these remind us that science is fun, creative, and beautiful.

The Ruins of Pompeii, via Google Street View

Destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius on August 24, 79 C. E., this small town near Naples was covered by ash and lava until 1738. View Larger Map

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